AfricaNOLA is an artist-run organization that serves to promote, preserve, perpetuate, encourage and share West African culture in New Orleans. Our mission is realized through the teaching and performance of traditional West African music, American jazz, and New Orleans brass band music.
AfricaNOLA believes it is essential that New Orleans’ youth are knowledgeable about the origins of the local music culture. Our education program has provided music training as well as mentorship for Louisiana youth aged 8-18. Instilling a cultural understanding of the roots of New Orleans music, young musicians can better create their own modes of expression and contribute to the ever-evolving artistic fabric of the world. Using that knowledge as a creative outlet and becoming financially independent using their shared heritage as a source of income will help our youth form a stronger sense of self and a commitment to community preservation. AfricaNola has expanded our scope, and now includes the Caribbean and West Africa in our cultural exchange program, and have reached out to Asia as well.